Bertrand Russell and the Nature of Propositions: A History by Samuel Lebens

By Samuel Lebens

Bertrand Russell and the character of Propositions bargains the 1st book-length defence of the a number of Relation idea of Judgement (MRTJ). even though the idea used to be a lot maligned by way of Wittgenstein and eventually rejected via Russell himself, Lebens indicates that it presents a wealthy and insightful option to comprehend the character of propositional content material.

In half I, Lebens charts the trajectory of Russell’s idea prior to he followed the MRTJ. half II experiences the historic tale of the idea: What led Russell to disclaim the lifestyles of propositions altogether? Why did the speculation hold evolving all through its brief lifestyles? What position did G. F. Stout play within the evolution of the idea? What was Wittgenstein’s difficulty with the idea, and, if we can’t comprehend what his quandary was once exactly, then what are the simplest contending hypotheses? And why did Russell provide the idea up? partially III, Lebens makes the case that Russell’s matters with the idea weren’t worthy its rejection. additionally, he argues that the MRTJ does such a lot of what shall we wish from an account of propositions at little philosophical cost.

This ebook bridges the historical past of early analytic philosophy with paintings in modern philosophy of language. It advances a daring analyzing of the speculation of descriptions and provides a brand new realizing of the function of Stout and the illustration problem within the evolution of the MRTJ. It additionally makes a decisive contribution to philosophy of language by means of demonstrating the viability of a no-proposition thought of propositions.

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